At CES 2016, Nikon took the world by surprise with its announcement of the all new KeyMission 360. At the time, not many details were revealed about the brand new product line. Among the few features that were announced were 4K video recording, NFC, WiFi, and a waterproof design. It wasn’t until this week that we discovered it would also contain not one but two 20 megapixel sensors, electronic image stabilization, in-camera footage stitching, and a swappable battery.
The Nikon KeyMission 360 is set to arrive in October for around $500.00. In terms of competition, this price is a little high compared to similar devices like Samsung’s $350.00 Gear 360 but in terms of specifications, the two devices should be recognized in separate categories. The Nikon camera has significantly better specs in comparison to Samsung’s product.
Furthermore, the manufacturer announced that it would also be creating the KeyMission 170 and KeyMission 80. As their names suggest, they will each shoot in slightly more limited (but still wide) degrees of vision. The KeyMission 170 will have a 12 megapixel sensor of about 1/2.3″ in size. The lens will be of expected Nikon quality. Like the 360 version, this one will shoot 4K video, be waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof as well.
Finally, there is also the KeyMission 80 that will be available. This product somewhat resembles the Flip camcorders that were incredibly popular just a few years ago. Nikon explained that the entry-level KeyMission is intended to be a life blogging camera, built with easy one-handed use in mind. It, too, comes with two cameras. The one on the back will be a 12 megapixel 25mm lens while the front will feature a much less impressive but understandable 4.9 megapixel 22mm lens designed for selfie-type footage. The KeyMission 80 will lack 4K capabilities but that is not to say that 1080p at up to 30 fps won’t still be perfectly sufficient for most people.
Nikon will eventually release a new app for KeyMission cameras. That will serve as a hub to control the cameras remotely and to transfer pictures and videos from the cameras. They KeyMission 170 is expected to cost $400.00 while the 80 should cost $280.00. All three will be available in October.
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